Earlier in the week, the untouchable trance visionary Paul Oakenfold came forward with his latest conjuring, “Dreamstate Theme.” As its title suggests, the peak-time track was meant to honor Insomniac’s dedicated trance brand—which has quickly become a high-flying hub for the scene, since the event first got off the ground in SoCal at the end of 2015. With a now near-epidemic prevalence (iterations have popped up on three different continents), it’s obvious why someone as revered as Oakenfold would feel inclined to get involved on many levels. Not only has he taken it upon himself to mark the movement through the aforementioned song, but there’s also the matter of the Dreamstate Volume One compilation that he is heading up by way of his mighty Perfecto imprint.
“It’s great to partner up with and be the DJ to mix the first compilation for one of the biggest trance brands, Dreamstate,” Oakenfold told Insomniac. “Happy to say I’m also releasing the first ‘Dreamstate Theme’ alongside it. It’s been great to be involved with this brand since its inception, and certainly have had some wonderful times at Dreamstate festivals. I’m looking forward to more shows ahead this summer and the rest of the year. See you out there, #trancefamily.”
The next stop on the event series’ schedule happens to be going down the last week of May, so there’s ample time to get up close and personal with all 20 tracks on the album. Oakenfold being the all-around trance connoisseur that he is, you’d better believe he has every angle covered here. From the tripper’s solace found on Vini Vici’s “Namaste” to the blast of euphoria felt on “Keep Going” by Stoneface and Terminal, Paul Oakenfold perfectly pilots through every notion of what a night is like spent lost in the world of Dreamstate.
The Dreamstate Volume One compilation album is available here.